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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
The Portable Veblen
by Elizabeth Mckenzie (Goodreads Author)
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The quirk here was a little much for me. Not sure why McKenzie left the protagonist's mental illness largely unaddressed, even though most of the book seemed like it was building up to a need to address it.

The conspiracy subplot was treated as satire
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The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
"This book was marvelous, and it took me forever to read because it was taunting my sleepy brain with its excellence. I found the prose here to be simply incredible, in part because a lot of the work is being done by juxtaposition and incongruity,..." Read more of this review »
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The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
The Tsar of Love and Techno
by Anthony Marra (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Just looked back at my review of Constellation of Vital Phenomena and was shocked (!) I only gave it 3 stars. I assumed while reading this that I had loved the first novel as much, but I'm pleased that it appears I really did like this one better, fe ...more
Making Democracy Work by Robert D. Putnam
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Boy, Snow, Bird
by Helen Oyeyemi (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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I really enjoyed reading this, even if I'm not totally clear on what the moral is. There were many lovely things about it without it being too lovely or too darling, which I think a lot of fiction I've read recently has been (too darling). I enjoyed ...more
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My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
My Life on the Road
by Gloria Steinem
read in January, 2016
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The first 75% of this book flew by, and the last 25% dragged. Still and all, it's interesting to read about Steinem's life and what/whom she credits for inspiration and motivation.

I particularly liked the passage about deciding between Obama and Clin
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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I only read half of this tome.

I wanted to love it - I had read all year about how great this was, and I thought surely I would love it. But I didn't find it a fluid read - I stumbled through and felt more-or-less compelled to continue but only out of
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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
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As others have said before me, this should be required reading. Incarceration is only one piece of systemic oppression faced by black men in this country; the targeting of men of color and the after-effects of incarceration, from public housing to jo ...more
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